Conficker cost Manchester council £1.5m

After the Conficker worm hit Manchester City Council' fine processing systems, hundreds of fines for drivers caught on camera in bus lanes were cancelled. The Manchester Evening News reported that the council will now lose £43,000 in revenue from bus lane fines because its IT systems were hit by the virus in February meaning 1,609 tickets could not be issued within the legal time limit of 28 days. Conficker worm will cost the council £1.5 million in total. Manchester's IT department spent £1.2 million fixing the problem, including £600,000 on external IT consultants, including Microsoft staff, £169,000 on staff to process a backlog of benefits claims and council tax bills, and compensation payments to families awaiting benefits. Make sure your online systems are fully protected - if not it could cost you a fortune: Find out more here about PROprotection.

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